HudsonAlpha welcomes new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

October 26, 2020 (Huntsville, Ala.) – The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology announced today that Darrell Ezell, PhD, will join the Institute as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Dr. Ezell is a Huntsville native and brings more than ten years of experience designing and implementing intercultural communication programs and diversity and inclusion strategies to HudsonAlpha. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Claremont Lincoln University and as a Visiting Professor in International Studies at Louisiana State University.

Darrell Ezell, PhD

“HudsonAlpha should reflect the diverse community that we are part of, and Darrell’s experience in leading diverse teams and managing organizational change will help us not only achieve that, but continue to do so in the future,” said Rick Myers, PhD, HudsonAlpha President and Science Director and M. A. Loya Chair in Genomics.

Dr. Ezell earned his PhD in Religion and International Affairs from The University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England, his MA in Systematic Theology and Ethics from Union Theological Seminary and BA in Psychology from Alabama A&M University.

As Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Ezell will support the Institute’s efforts to better engage with the public, diversify our workforce and create a more inclusive workplace that meets the needs of employees and communities.

“Cultivating a diverse workforce, recruiting people of color, and ensuring gender parity in the ranks of leadership is essential to the success of any company or organization,” said Dr. Ezell. “As Alabama evolves in prominence as a launchpad for innovation, North Alabama will prove that its greatest incentive is its rich heritage and diverse workforce. I am excited for the opportunity to work collaboratively to build diversity support and develop initiatives to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace at HudsonAlpha.”

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. Opened in 2008, HudsonAlpha’s vision is to leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and fosters more than 40 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit